As I was getting ready to go to a local Memorial Day service this morning at the cemeteries, my thoughts went to my family during World War II.

I’ve covered the topic before in a Veterans Day blog about my dad and uncle’s service to our nation in WWII, but my thoughts this day were about my grandpa and grandma, Ed and Gertrude Maubach, my mom’s folks.

The Maubachs raised crops and livestock on their Livingston County, Illinois, farm located between Odell and Saunemin, along with their five sons and eight daughters.

Grandpa was the head of the local Selective Service at the time of World War II and didn’t show any favoritism. All of his sons were of age to serve in the Armed Forces, and even though he could have kept one behind to help run the farming operation, as was often the case in those days, he wanted to be fair to everyone. It says a lot about this wonderful man’s character.

In knowing my uncles, God rest their souls, I’m sure they wanted to serve, as well.

So, as the war waged on, my grandparents, with the help from their daughters, kept the farm going. That’s probably where my mom got her incredible work ethic — by example.

Fortunately, they all returned home safely after the war to either continue working on the farm or going on to other careers, but their legacy and that of my grandpa’s country-over-self beliefs truly is an inspiration.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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